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Essential Physical Eligibility Requirements

At Adventure Idaho, we believe in creating an inclusive and diverse environment where all participants can enjoy our range of outdoor adventures. Our eligibility criteria are designed to ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone, while accommodating a broad spectrum of abilities and backgrounds.

  1. Informed Decision-Making: Participants must understand detailed activity information, assess risks, and make informed choices based on their and their dependents' capabilities.​

  2. ​Self-Rescue Skills: Proficiency in swimming and participating in self-rescue techniques, including the ability to actively swim 100 yards in a PFD with or without current. 

  3. Age and Weight Requirements:

    • High Spring Flows: Minimum age: 16, Minimum weight: 90 lbs.

    • Summer Water Levels (Mid to Late June through October): Minimum age: 7, Minimum weight: 50 lbs. We may adjust age requirements based on water levels. Reach out with questions.

    • Maximum Weight: 275 lbs.

    • While there's no maximum age limit, older participants should be aware of the increased risks associated with cold water exposure and the physical demands of outdoor activities.

    • We recommend a pre-activity consultation for participants concerned about age-related risks to discuss individual capabilities and potential accommodations.

  4. Safety Equipment Compliance: Mandatory use of a Type V Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) and, where required, a helmet, both adjusted for proper fit.

  5. Mobility: Ability to board/disembark boats multiple times a day and navigate diverse terrain.

  6. Effective Communication: Must follow and understand instructions (verbal and non-verbal) in critical situations and communicate effectively with guides and participants.

  7. Physical Requirements for Activities:

    • Rafting:

      • Ability to maintain balance, stay seated, and hold onto the raft.

    • Kayaking:

      • Ability to follow instructions and paddle effectively in different water conditions.

      • Must be able to see, identify, and actively paddle away from hazards.

      • Ability to climb back into kayak from swimming position if assistance is not available.

  8. Personal Gear Management: For extended trips, manage personal gear, including transportation to camping locations, independently or with assistance.

  9. Trail Hiking Capabilities: For hiking trips, ability to trek independently on challenging trails.

  10. Health and Safety Self-Management: Manage personal health, allergies, medications, and protect against environmental risks.

  11. Positive Group Dynamics: Contribute to a safe and inclusive group environment, engaging cooperatively with others.

Right to Refuse Participation

Adventure Idaho reserves the right to deny participation in any activity to individuals who do not meet the specified physical requirements or who, in the judgment of our guides and staff, may pose a risk to themselves or others. This policy is in place to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants and staff. Decisions to refuse participation will be made with the utmost consideration for the health and safety of all involved and based on an assessment of an individual's ability to safely meet the demands of the activity.

Inclusivity and Diversity

Adventure Idaho is deeply committed to fostering an environment where diversity and inclusivity are not just encouraged but are core to our operations. We understand that each individual brings a unique perspective and set of abilities to our adventures. We are dedicated to accommodating a wide range of physical abilities and health conditions, ensuring that our adventures are accessible to as many people as possible.

Our team is trained to provide necessary accommodations and support, tailoring our activities to meet individual needs without compromising the safety or integrity of the experience. We believe that the great outdoors should be accessible to everyone, regardless of physical or mental abilities, and we work diligently to create adaptive programs that allow everyone to participate and enjoy.

Enhanced Participant Information

Participating in outdoor adventures with Adventure Idaho is about embracing the wilderness and its inherent uncertainties. We equip our participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to handle various situations. This involves understanding the realistic physical and mental demands of wilderness adventures.

We advise all potential participants to consult with healthcare professionals if they have medical or health conditions that might affect their ability to engage in outdoor activities. Our guides are trained to respond to a variety of situations, ensuring that all participants have a safe and memorable experience.

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